Bicester finish with a cherry on top

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A small but select Bicester Athletic Club contingent contested the Oxfordshire County Track and Field Championships staged at Horspath.

Three of Bicester’s contingent were crowned county champions and two of these were from the talented Cherry household.

Jake Cherry has struggled for form in the opening weeks of the season but he put that right over the weekend as he smashed two of his previous bests in the throwing events.

First up was the discus, where he recorded his first throw over 20 metres (24.82m) to take gold in the U15 boys event before he collected silver in the javelin (33.43m) and fourth in the final of the 200m (28.22 seconds).

Gold number two for the Cherrys came in the U17 girls’ triple jump as sister Jess took gold with a mark of 9.53m.

There was a fantastic finish to the U13 girls’ 1500m and Bicester’s athlete of the summer, Amy Gould, was right in the thick of the action. Gould just missed out on a medal as she finished fourth, three seconds off the lead in a club record 5.26.7 minutes.

Gould then put things right on Sunday as she collected bronze in the 800m with a new lifetime best of 2.40.29m. Molly Action also set a new PB by clocking 2.41.6 before she was fifth in the 1500m while Maisie Silvester claimed the same position in the 800m (2.47.41) and seventh in the 1500m.

Holly Hunter continued her fine form in the U13 70m hurdles as she took gold in 14.33 seconds.

Emily Benfield was fifth in the U20 long jump (4.67m), while Lauren Garside also performed well in the long jump as she took seventh with a best jump of 3.40m. Garside also made the final of the 100m, but she was just run out of the medals finishing fourth (15.91).